Massachusetts State Police mourn retired K9, Tippett
"He is deeply mourned by both of his families, the Keanes and the Massachusetts State Police."
BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE)- Massachusetts State Police announced the passing of retired K9 Tippett on Sunday.
State police said Tippett died after battling a brief illness, and was surrounded by his family and former handler Sgt. Gregory Keane, and all of his favorite toys.
Sgt. Keane said Tippett became a member of the department’s canine unit in 2009 and was one of the first dual-purpose detection dogs for the unit. In his nine-year career, Tippett was involved in cases such as the Boston Marathon bombing, a Plymouth County homicide investigation, and additionally found a gun which was used to injure a police officer.
Tippett was part of search and rescue missions involving lost children and elderly, and was a fixture at Gillette stadium during Patriots season, patrolling the stadium during games.
“When he retired, one of my greatest concerns was how would he adapt as a household pet,” Sgt. Gregory Keane said. “His energy, drive, and tenacity for work – all of which he was known for – might be too much in the house with my family. But, as always, the ability to learn and adapt that made him so special during his working career allowed him to settle and coexist in the house effortlessly.”
Keane called Tippett a regular on the couch, his coffee buddy, a beg hog, and a great co-pilot.
“I was fortunate that I was able to work with a partner like Tippett. I had thought he gave everything during his working career. I was wrong. He had so much more to give to my family during his three years of retirement. Tippett made tough days better, busy days balanced, and life a little simpler. We are going to miss the 5 a.m. rib kicks letting us know it was time for breakfast.”
“He is deeply mourned by both of his families, the Keanes and the Massachusetts State Police,” a spokesperson for State Police said Sunday.